Admissions Criteria: Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for admission to the Frontier Nursing University (FNU):
- Hold a master's of science degree in nursing (MSN), a master's in nursing (MN), or a MS in nursing OR have a master’s degree in a related field (such as MPH or masters in midwifery or other area). To check your program's accreditation please visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. Applicants who meet the minimum admissions criteria will be considered on an individual basis.
- Be a registered nurse with a national certification as:
- adult nurse practitioner (ANP)
- certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
- family nurse practitioner (FNP)
- geriatric-adult nurse practitioner (GANP)
- geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP)
- pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)
- women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP)
- psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)
- Have a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances.
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the Master's program.
- Provide official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences. Official transcripts for application must include conferred or awarded degree.
- Submit three professional references on FNU-supplied forms.
- FNU MSN students in the streamlined program from MSN + Companion DNP need to review the online application for slightly different criteria
- Applicants whose primary language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education (level equivalent to U.S. college or university) in a non-English speaking institution, must take the internet based TOEFL (IBT) and achieve the following minimum scores: Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University. Frontier Nursing University's TOEFL code is 5692. Please provide this code to TOEFL when taking the exam to ensure test results are expedited to the University.
Resume or curriculum vitae
Narrative statement of applicant’s goals for a project that will: 1) improve the current health care system, 2) promote quality practice or, 3) make a difference in the delivery of care for rural and underserved populations.
- The health examination must be completed prior to attendance at DNP Bound. A health examination that includes documentation of immunity to rubella and hepatitis B, and freedom from tuberculosis in a communicable stage is required.
- An undergraduate upper division level or graduate level statistics course or an Advanced Placement statistics course approved by the College Board. The statistics course must have been taken within 10 years of beginning the degree coursework at FNU. An undergraduate upper division level or graduate level statistics course or an Advanced Placement Statistics course approved by the College Board. The statistics course must have been taken within ten years of beginning the degree coursework at FNU.
Narrative Statement of Goals for a DNP Project
Include with your application materials a brief (several paragraphs) statement about your commitment to being a leader in your field by contributing to the improvement of a health care practice or system. Indicate a particular area of interest that you believe can be improved as a result of your completion of a practice-focused doctoral project. Use this essay as an opportunity to communicate to the admission committee your goals as a nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner for changing healthcare, improving the delivery of care for rural and underserved, improving current practice, and/or the education process. The admission committee will evaluate your essay from the perspective of your writing skills and your vision for a project. Applicants with questions regarding their qualifications for admission to the FNU should contact the FNU Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each applicant who meets the minimum requirements as listed above is evaluated individually. The FNU Faculty Admissions Committee makes all admission decisions.